- A team of researchers led by a University of Arizona associate professor of dendrochronology examined lines of hundreds of tree rings to reconstruct the last 290 years of climate history. They found increases in extreme summer weather events in the last 50 years, which related to increased changes in the jet stream from climate change. [Arizona Daily Star]
- Omaha-area economic development officials are looking to get a piece of Apple’s $30 billion-plus expansion plan announced last week. Apple will build data centers, and it also plans to build a new corporate campus. Apple will power its new facilities with renewable energy, and Nebraska has a lot of wind power to offer. [Omaha World-Herald]
- The California Public Utilities Commission approved 15 utility pilot programs to accelerate the change to electric mobility, generally supporting needs of disadvantaged communities. Historically, they been shut out of affordable high-quality transportation, and air pollution levels have been dangerous. The oil lobby is not happy. [CleanTechnica]
- Product announcements this week from Nissan’s Infiniti luxury brand and Volkswagen’s Porsche division tap into a larger story from last year. While global automakers are watching what Tesla is up to, an announcement in July by near-luxury brand Volvo seems to have had just as much impact on new vehicle product planning. [OilPrice.com]
- In India, as part of the Southern Railway’s initiative to save on electricity costs by producing 4 MW of solar power, rooftop solar plants will be installed at 11 stations in the Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad railway divisions. The solar installations are expected to produce electric power at half the price the system currently pays. [The New Indian Express]
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